John Terry has emerged as a surprise contender for the Middlesbrough job, according to reports.
As per claims from talkSPORT, as cited on the Daily Mail, Villa’s number two is reportedly on their radar as they seek a permanent replacement for Tony Pulis.
Terry is highly thought of in the game and has been learning his trade alongside Dean Smith this season.
He has helped the club this season push into the play-offs as they prepare to face Derby County at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.
Terry has never hidden his intentions to break into club management and his current role at Villa is certainly a step towards taking the top job further down the line.
A host of names, including Slavisa Jokanovic, have been linked with the vacant Boro job.
Fellow ex-England defender Jonathan Woodgate is among the favourites having been among the coaching staff at the club already.
Who is in the running for the Middlesbrough job?
Jonathan Woodgate certainly knows the club well and is ready and on hand to take over.
Slavisa Jokanovic knows the Championship well and could bring a more expansive style of play that supporters have been craving.
Chris Hughton has a lot of experience and is available after being sacked by Brighton at the end of the Premier League season.
Danny Cowley has won a lot of admirers in the second tier for the job he has done at Lincoln.